# In australia, how many people who live in metro areas holiday in regional areas

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## In australia, how many people who live in metro areas holiday in regional areas

While there is no specific data publicly available on how many people from cities alone travel to rural areas for holidays, there is data on how many people in the population of Australia travel to rural areas on a yearly basis. By knowing what percent of the population lives in cities, it is possible to calculate an estimate of the percent that traveled from metro to rural areas. Data ranging back from 1999 up to 2017 is publicly available, and will be reported below, along with statistics on percentages of the population that make these travels. Information was gathered for the following categories: day trips for holidays and overnight trips for holidays.

### Important Terminology

The following terms are from Tourism Research Australia, and are vital to understanding the data below:

Overnight Travel — "Involves a stay away from home of at least one night, at a place at least 40 kilometers from home"

Day Visitors — "Those who travel for a round trip distance of at least 50 kilometers, are away from home for at least four hours and do not spend a night away from home"

### Total Domestic Yearly Travel

By the end of September 2017, Australia had a total of 99.6 million residents travel to other parts of the country for holiday, VFR, business, and other purposes. Acknowledging that by 2016, 89.55% of the population lived in urban areas, then we can assume that 89.55% of the trips taken were by people in cities. This means that,

[99,600,000 residents that traveled]*[89.55% from urban locations] = 89,191,800 total residents took trips from urban areas to other locations within Australia

### Day and Overnight Holiday Trips

The following data supports the total day and overnight trips for holiday from 1999 up to 2017. This information is based on the destination of travel, not origin, and was published by the end of June for each year. Metropolitan destinations have been excluded from the data and totals, so as to only focus on regional areas of travel. Again, by assuming that 89.55% of the population of Australia lives in metro areas, then we can assume that 89.55% of the trips below were from people in cities, to rural areas.

The following calculation will be performed for each year below in order to calculate how many people from cities traveled to regional areas per year:

[# of trips per year for holiday]*[% of population that lives in metro areas] = [% of population from metro areas that traveled to rural areas for holiday]

1999: 47,237,000 * 89.55% = 42,300,733
2000: 46,355,000 * 89.55% = 41,510,902 2001: 42,373,000 * 89.55% = 37,945,021 2002: 41,298,000 * 89.55% = 36,982,359 2003: 40,994,000 * 89.55% = 36,710,127 2004: 38,340,000 * 89.55% = 34,333,470 2005: 39,538,000 * 89.55% = 35,406,279 2006: 38,313,000 * 89.55% = 34,309,291 2007: 39,701,000 * 89.55% = 35,552,245 2008: 39,974,000 * 89.55% = 35,796,717 2009: 40,925,000 * 89.55% = 36,648,337 2010: 42,180,000 * 89.55% = 37,772,190 2011: 39,637,000 * 89.55% = 35,494,933 2012: 42,617,000 * 89.55% = 38,163,523 2013: 42,214,000 * 89.55% = 37,802,637 2014: 42,357,000 * 89.55% = 37,930,693 2015: 47,133,000 * 89.55% = 42,207,601 2016: 50,848,000 * 89.55% = 45,534,384 2017: 51,565,000 * 89.55% = 46,176,457

1999: 28,743,000 * 89.55% = 25,739,356 2000: 28,102,000 * 89.55% = 25,165,341 2001: 27,894,000 * 89.55% = 24,979,077 2002: 27,785,000 * 89.55% = 24,881,467 2003: 27,986,000 * 89.55% = 25,061,463 2004: 27,872,000 * 89.55% = 24,959,376 2005: 26,992,000 * 89.55% = 24,171,336 2006: 26,365,000 * 89.55% = 23,609,857 2007: 26,851,000 * 89.55% = 24,045,070 2008: 27,421,000 * 89.55% = 24,555,505 2009: 25,415,000 * 89.55% = 22,759,132 2010: 25,551,000 * 89.55% = 22,880,920 2011: 25,599,000 * 89.55% = 22,923,904 2012: 25,840,000 * 89.55% = 23,139,720 2013: 26,814,000 * 89.55% = 24,011,937 2014: 28,197,000 * 89.55% = 25,250,413 2015: 28,795,000 * 89.55% = 25,785,922 2016: 30,758,000 * 89.55% = 27,543,789 2017: 31,245,000 * 89.55% = 27,979,897
Note that the number of trips has increased slightly over the years, and is continuing to increase. Of the total 88.9 million overnight trips in 2016 by Australian residents, it can be calculated that,

[88,900,000 overnight trips in 2016] * [89.55% of population living in metro areas] = 79,609,950 trips were made by people from metro areas in 2016.

Furthermore, if 45,534,384 of the overnight trips in 2016 were made by people from cities to rural areas, then,

[45,534,384 overnight trips from metro to rural areas in 2016] / [79,609,950 total overnight trips in 2016] * [100%] = 57.2% of overnight trips in 2016 were from citizens living in cities, and traveling to regional areas.

By the end of September 2017, it was recorded that by the end of the year, there were approximately 38,319,000 overnight holiday trips. This means that,

[38,319,000 total overnight holiday trips] * [89.55% of population living in metro areas] = 34,314,664 trips to regional areas were made by people from cities in Australia by the end of September 2017.

Because this figure does not include the remainder of 2017, it would not be accurate to calculate a percent for the overnight trips for holidays in 2017 from cities to rural areas.

### Conclusion

By researching what percentage of Australia's population lives in metropolitan areas, it was possible to calculate the percentage that made the trips for holiday from metro to rural areas. Although these are just estimates, it is important to note that these number are rising steadily. Overnight trips are more popular than day trips for every year recorded. Due to the fact that the majority of the population of Australia lives in metropolitan areas, the total trips for holiday account for a large percent from metro to rural areas.
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